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66-Year-Old Palo Alto Man Arrested in Road Rage Attacks

Palo Alto police arrested a 66-year-old Calaveras County man on suspicion of attacking two drivers in two instances of apparent road rage Friday, according to the police department.

Kenneth Edward Greene of Valley Springs is suspected of multiple felonies, including assault with a deadly weapon, vandalism, robbery, elder abuse and a hate crime, police said in a news release Tuesday.

At about 5:10 p.m. Friday, Greene reportedly drove his Ford truck from behind a male victim and blocked his path across two lanes near the intersection of High Street and Hamilton Avenue in Palo Alto, police said.

Greene then exited his truck, damaged the first victim's hood by swinging a walking cane at his vehicle and attacked the victim with the same cane through the victim's driver side window, then got in his truck and fled.

The male victim, said to be in his 20s, reportedly suffered injuries to his face but declined medical treatment.

Later, at about 5:30 p.m., Greene reportedly collided multiple times with another victim, a woman said to be in her 60s, in the 700 of San Antonio Road, damaging her car.

During the second altercation, Greene reportedly tried to strike the woman multiple times with his cane, took her keys from her hands, threw them on the street, retrieved them, then placed them in his truck.

Police say the suspicion of a hate crime is caused by statements Greene made about the first victim's sexual orientation that could have motivated the attack. The suspicion of robbery is due to Greene stealing the second victim's keys, police added.

Greene was booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail on Friday, according to jail records.

He has a court date scheduled for noon on Wednesday in Santa Clara County Superior Court.

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